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Time finally runs out for Colonel Moammar Gaddafi

by Michael Weare
22 August, 2011
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Michael Weare has been a professional writer for 30 years, writing about Japanese technology, German and Italian cars, British tailoring and Swiss watches. Michael manages the editorial content of Click Tempus and will be keeping the magazine fresh and informative with regular features, as well as bringing great writers to the magazine. Email: michael@clicktempus.com

Colonel-Muammar-Gaddafi

There are dozens of ways to spell Gaddafi’s name, but there’s only one way to spell his more than 40 year rule of Libya: over.

At the time of writing, Libyan rebel forces are celebrating in Green Square, now renamed Martyr’s Square in Tripoli, Libya’s capital. Colonel Moammar Gaddafi is still ostensibly in power but is nowhere to be found and is doubtless busy finding a new place to set up his tent. How much longer can he hold out? Probably hours rather than days.

US President Barack Obama does not wish to make a statement until he is clear of the true state of affairs. But the fact remains, by the end of the day Gaddafi may well have been forced from power. It has already been confirmed that two of his sons are under house arrest, one of them was on the phone to Al Jazeerah when his house was taken over by the rebels. Even the chief government spokesman has fled the hotel from where government broadcasts were made each day.

By this time you may be thinking, interesting, but what’s it got to do with watches?

Well, for decades, the Colonel bought affection and loyalty with luxury timepieces bearing his image.

Chopard 40th anniversary watches

Chopard

In what must seem like a lifetime ago in Gaddafi’s unchallenged halcyon days of 2009 when he was being courted by world leaders, luxury Swiss watch and jewellery maker Chopard took a substantial order from Colonel Gaddafi for 250 limited edition watches valued at around $7.5 million.

The brief was simple; each watch should bear the likeness of Colonel Gaddafi in some form and were ordered so as to celebrate his 40th anniversary of being in office. The order, while controversial, was seen as something of a lifeline as it came at the height of the global downturn in luxury goods. One wag described the situation as ‘desperate times need despot measures’.

Gaddafi collector’s item watch

Zodiac watch with Colonel Gaddafi

As the sands of time continue to run out for Colonel Gaddafi, collectors of watches of historical significance may be interested in this time piece which has been up for sale on the internet since February of this year.

An advertisement for the Zodiac Gaddafi watch describes:

Fully working order like new in the box, Libya President M. Gaddafi gift men’s wristwatch signed by M. Gaddafi with Libyan country monogram. Rare and authentic men’s quartz ” Zodiac ” made in Switzerland. 7 jewels wrist watch nice new authentic genuine stainless steel bracelet. Solid 18k gold bezel, stainless steel case. ACTUAL WATCH IS VERY NICE!

The asking price is $3000. What price would anyone put on it now?

The Col. Moammar Gaddafi Wristwatch by Movado

Movado Gaddafi wristwatch

Meanwhile in America, Libyan emigrant Dr. Abdul states that Gaddafi has been “…a crazy madman for many years, and he’s done a lot of bad things.” Dr. Abdul wears his Gaddafi wristwatch by Movado to remind himself that time is running out for the Libyan leader. He may not have too much longer to wait.

Gaddafi gives gold wrist watches to his nurses

Miss Balinskaya with Colonel Gaddafi

Whether or not Gaddafi is deposed, exiled or imprisoned, according to one of his former nurses he is still in excellent health.

“In spite of his age, Gaddafi’s health would be the envy of many,” Miss Balinskaya, a 24-year-old Ukrainian nurse told Russian newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda. “He looked after his health and was thoroughly checked out once a year. If only everyone had blood pressure as good as Gaddafi’s.”

Miss Balinskaya, who worked in Libya for two years until she was evacuated at the end of February, said the eccentric leader liked to give his staff Italian gold watches with a picture of himself dressed in military uniform saluting on the dial. “Every year on 1 September, the day when Gaddafi took office, he gave everyone who worked in the residency gold watches with his image on. People who had been working there for six to eight years had a whole collection.”

What are the chances Gaddafi will be handing out more gold watches this September 1st? I wouldn’t bet your Timex on it.

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Michael Weare has been a professional writer for 30 years, writing about Japanese technology, German and Italian cars, British tailoring and Swiss watches. Michael manages the editorial content of Click Tempus and will be keeping the magazine fresh and informative with regular features, as well as bringing great writers to the magazine. Email: michael@clicktempus.com

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  1. mike swanston

    hi, i have in my keeping a swiss made watch octaganal shaped with a black face background bearing the image of muammar gaddafi in full uniform plus some arabic writing and a strange symbol, the casing is of a gold colour with what looks like a stainless steel back inscribed SWISS MADE with the number 609 underneath this is a mechanical watch and the winder has a small black stone surmounted in it,a couple of year ago a local jeweller described the movement as excellent, i have had this watch for 20/25 years and was wondering if there would be anyone interested in buying it. p.s. i worked in Libya for nearly 30 yrs…yours mike swanston

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